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This project will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways.

1About the project

This project will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways. Improved footpaths and bus facilities will also improve access in and around Midway Point.

Works commenced on the Tasman Highway through Midway Point in January 2021, and are expected to follow a nine-month program between January and September 2021, weather permitting.

The highway will be duplicated with traffic signals replacing the current roundabout at Penna Road.

The works during the first phase of the project will involve:

  • Vegetation clearing from the rock face next to the Tasman Highway and between the two causeways.
  • The demolition of two houses (1 Penna Road and 1–3 Fenton Street).
  • Modifications to the existing roundabout.
  • Closure of Raynors Road, which will become a cul de sac with no further access to Fenton Street.
  • Excavation of approximately 9 metres of rock face next to the highway on the northern side will allow for the construction of two new lanes on the highway and additional turning lanes into Penna Road.
  • Widening Penna Road where it intersects with the Tasman Highway to allow for the new slip lanes.
  • Construction of two concrete retaining walls, one on both the eastern and western side of the Tasman Highway/ Penna Road intersection – bolts will be drilled into the rock face to anchor the new retaining walls.
  • Screens and safety barriers will be installed to minimise the impacts of dust and keep debris and rock fragments away from the road.
  • Realignment and installation of stormwater, sewer, water, power and NBN networks.
  • Construction of new road pavement.
  • Construction of a new eastbound bus stop.

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Design plan for Midway Point Intersection Solution

2Traffic impacts and detours - April 2021

Night works at Midway Point require detour

Traffic conditions at the Midway Point upgrade will change temporarily at night from Monday, 19 April 2021, and will include detours between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

The detours will affect Sorell-bound traffic only and will be done on a two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off basis over the next three months. Day works will continue to take place between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each week day, and won’t change.

Night works and detours

From Monday, 19 April 2021, we will be working Monday - Friday between 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm, on a two-week on, two-week off basis for 12 weeks, weather permitting. 
The Tasman Highway will be closed between the Midway Point roundabout and Sorell Causeway for Sorell-bound vehicles while the work takes place. Detours will be in place through Penna Road and Shark Point Road. The detour route will be clearly marked and traffic management will be in place to ensure the safety of workers and road users.

The Tasman Highway will not be closed to vehicles travelling towards Hobart, though Hobart-bound vehicles will be stopped intermittently while the night works take place.

The work will involve the use of machinery which generates excess noise and dust. We will make every effort to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.

All efforts will be made to minimise noise by completing noisier activities earlier in the night and turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.

Day works

From 8:00 am to 6:00 pm both lanes will be open but there will be a reduced speed limit in place to keep road users and road workers safe. Please allow an extra 10 minutes if you plan to travel through the site during this time.

3Community Consultation

In June 2019 we asked the community for their feedback on two design options.

We received a lot of feedback on these two options during this engagement process. After reviewing the feedback, and working closely with the key stakeholders, we did more work on what was referred to as option two, and have now released the final design option.

Contact details

For further information about the project, please contact our contractor, Fulton Hogan, on 0473 144 399 or email, MidwaypointSETS@fultonhogan.com.au

Thank you for your patience during this important work.